Democracy Impacts

  • Report Finds EU Blow to U.K. Deregulation Campaign

    December 17, 2014

    A report from the think tank Reform finds that over the past three years, new directives from Brussels, including pension and energy requirements, have heavily obstructed the U.K.'s campaign against deregulation.

  • If Negotiations Fail, U.K. Minister Will Seek Exit from EU

    November 26, 2014

    In recent remarks, U.K. Cabinet Office Minister Oliver Letwin announced that if Prime Minister David Cameron fails to repatriate substantial authority over border and justice issues from the EU, he will vote for the U.K. to leave the bloc in a proposed 2017 referendum.

  • Former British Minister Calls for EU Exit

    November 26, 2014

    Former U.K. Environment Secretary Owen Paterson has called for the British Government to give notice of leaving the EU prior to negotiation of the country's new relationship with the bloc and to limit its future relationship with the EU to a free trade agreement.

  • EU Official Acknowledges Importance of Subsidiarity

    November 19, 2014

    Reflecting the current pressure of anti-EU parties on European institutions, European Commissioner for Energy Union Maroš Šefcovic has called for respect of the principle of subsidiarity and has argued that national parliaments must have a greater say in EU decisions.

  • British Secretary Says U.K. Must Be Prepared for EU Exit

    November 19, 2014

    U.K. Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond argues that in order to secure the best deal of repatriated powers with other EU member states, the British Government must be prepared to leave the EU in case negotiations are unsuccessful.

  • Adebahr: Expand EU to All European Countries

    November 19, 2014

    Cornelius Adebahr of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace has published an article arguing for extending membership in the European Union to all European countries, with countries choosing different levels of adherence to EU regulation and oversight.

  • Persson: Lesson of Barroso's Presidencies Is Decentralization

    November 05, 2014

    Mats Persson of the think tank Open Europe writes that former European Commission President José Manuel Barroso's legacy is a divided Europe and that the lesson of his administration is therefore that "Europe cannot be constructed from Brussels."

  • U.K. Liberal Democrats Block EU Referendum Legislation

    October 29, 2014

    The Telegraph reports that U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron has dropped legislation setting up a referendum on EU membership in 2017 in response to demands from Liberal Democrat leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg that Cameron drop a tax on "spare rooms" in exchange for support of the referendum.

  • Traditional Parties Feel Squeeze from Euroskeptic Movements

    October 22, 2014

    An editorial in The Economist explains the challenges that European populist parties, which come both from the left and right and generally oppose the EU, pose to "traditional" parties of the political center.

  • Observers Criticize New EU Role as "Tax Police"

    October 22, 2014

    An article in The Wall Street Journal describes concerns from European businesses over the European Commission's investigation of tax deals between EU member states and companies, thus potentially taking new territory from national governments and creating legal uncertainties for businesses.

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